Dec. 10th was the day we decided to depart Isla Isabela. Originally we wanted to stay another day at Isla
Isabella and take advantage of the crystal clear waters surrounding it. The weather report was for southerlies
which meant we would get pounded in our open anchorage so off we went. We had an easy forty nm
motor-sail to San Blas arriving in the afternoon. After a few minutes of nervous concern we were over the bar
and in the estuary with two feet under the keel. We threw out the hook out in six feet and were set. We
enjoyed the area for a week. Please see
San Blas for details.
After a overnight stay in Mantenchen Bay right outside of San Blas we left for Chacala our next stop. Another
good motor-sail had us in Chacala by mid afternoon December 17. We needed a stern hook to keep the bow
into the swell and cut the uncomfortable roll here.  Please see
Chacala for details.
Finally we sailed to Punta Mita the northern point of Banderas Bay and anchored overnight moving on to La
Cruz in the afternoon.
From the time we left Chacala through our stay on Punta Mita we often passed through thick patches of red
tide.
For all of you mariners out there we found a reef at 8.5 feet about 1 nm SW of the Punta Mita anchorage.
GPS coordinates 20deg 45.0001N 105deg 31.867. Please see
Banderas Bay for details of our stay there.
Leg 12_Part 3 - Isla Isabela to Banderas Bay